Keolis’ Australian subsidiary Keolis Downer has been awarded a new contract by Western Australia Public Transport Authority to operate buses in Geraldton, a city 450km north of Perth (Western Australia) with a population of around 40,000 residents.
Keolis Downer will operate and maintain a total of 19 buses and has already started the transitional staff (around 20 new employees) and asset handover phase as part of its preparations for a smooth operational start. The 10-year contract will take effect on 1 January 2020.
With this new contract, Keolis Downer is reinforcing its presence in the Western region of Australia where it currently operates over 400 buses across Metro and Western Australia and a number of regional school bus services.
Keolis Downer is a joint-venture that was created in 2009 by Keolis and Downer, a leading provider of engineering, transport and infrastructure services in Australia and New Zealand. It counts currently employees around 5,000 people and is the first private operator in Australia to operate a multimodal network in Newcastle. Keolis Downer also operates the Melbourne tram network - the largest in the world - and the Gold Coast tram network, as well as bus networks in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. The joint-venture also operates real-time on-demand transport services in suburban Sydney.